Should You Buy A PC, Tablet, Or Hybrid?

There is a bewildering array of PCs and tablets available today. Finding the right one for you can be headache-inducing. Although prices are dropping, it’s still a sizable investment, so it’s essential to get the right one for you.

But how on earth are you meant to decide?

There’s a lot to consider, including screen quality, battery life, and responsiveness. Of course, top of your list will also be how cool it looks.

But don’t be swayed by cosmetic appeal alone.

How will you use it?

Before you consider anything else, think about how you’ll be using it.

Is it purely for home surfing, are you a gamer, will it be a workhorse, or is it going to be your primary study aid?

If you’re mainly looking at surfing, email, and listening to music, you won’t need to splash out on one of the high-end models. Perhaps even a tablet is more suitable than a PC or hybrid.

For a workhorse, you’ll want one with the right software suite and a big enough screen to be able to work from. A fast processor will also be handy, so you may need a bigger budget. You’ll also be looking at PCs.

For movie lovers, you’ll want a good display resolution and high-quality speakers.

You see the way you use it will have a significant impact on what you should be looking for.

Which processor?

The processor is what drives your PC or tablet.

  • Windows tablets mainly use Intel processors such as Core m3, i5 and i7 processors. Tablets with Intel Core processors are high-end devices and cost more. Lower-priced Windows often use Intel Atom processors
  • Android tablets use processors from different manufacturers such as Samsung’s Exynos chips, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are the most common. That said some Android devices use Rockchip CPUs
  • Apple uses its custom A-series chips inside its iPads such as A9X processors. The higher the processor number, the newer a processor is the better performance it offers

What else should you think about?

Here are a few other things you should consider before splashing your cash:

  • Battery life – many tables offer an all-day battery life, but should at least get 7 hours on a single charge
  • RAM –the more you spend, the more RAM you’ll get, and the more RAM you have, the faster the performance will be
  • Storage –tablets will typically have less storage than a hybrid or PC (although some allow this to be extended through an SD card). If you use it a lot, it’s best to go for a higher storage capacity
  • Screen size– this will come down to preference and potential use

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when considering buying a tablet, hybrid or PC. Our best advice is to work out what you want to use it for (specifically for the next three to four years) and make your decision accordingly.


MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and surrounding villages.